Year Released: 2003
Standout Feature: Lightweight upper material manufactured by Teijin

The Air Max series’ major innovations picked back up in 2003 with the introduction of a new carbon-based fiber developed by the Japanese company Teijin. Said to be inspired by track spikes and automobile parts, the material provided waterproofing without added bulk. Meanwhile, the Air bag remained unchanged from the Air Max 97, a testament to the full-length unit’s performance.

From a style standpoint, the Air Max 2003 didn’t make the biggest impact, but that could all change with a proper retro push.